The non-performing loans directive is now live

28 January 2022

On 24 November 2021, the European Parliament approved the final version of Directive 2021/2167 which addresses high levels of non-performing loans held by banks in the European Union (the NPL Directive).

The Directive has been under discussion since 2018. The accelerated legislative process to approve the Directive last November could have been triggered by the increase in the NPL ratio further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In brief, the NPL Directive works to expedite and regulate the development of a secondary NPL market in Europe through the authorisation and supervision of credit servicers.

You will find here a useful analysis of the Directive, published by Michael Schweiger, Partner & Attorney at Law in Loyens & Loeff office in Luxembourg.

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